Before Maria and Josh had their son Isaiah, they didn't know what to expect. They were living with Maria’s family; both money and time were tight. Like every parent, they wanted the best for him and worried about how he was going to achieve his dreams. They thought if Isaiah was in a daycare he could get ahead and they could both work. With the cost of care so high they didn’t know if it would be possible. When Isaiah was three, they heard about Educare West DuPage. “I was looking for a place I could feel safe dropping my kids off; at first I had no idea how much more we would be getting,” said Maria. “I soon realized that Educare was not a daycare, it was a school and so much more.” With the addition of Angel, Neylani and Kamyla, they continue to see all that Educare means to them and the community. Your generosity provides the Family Engagement Team the resources to support our families and help them achieve their goals. Maria said, “Family engagement helped us set goals, and achieve them. We wouldn't be setting goals if it wasn't for them!” The number one goal they set was to move out of Maria’s parents’ home and become independent. They have now been in their own apartment for almost a year and Maria has a full-time job. “If we hadn’t worked on setting goals with you guys (Educare), we never would have gotten here,” said Maria, “and when we moved out we got a lot of support from the staff giving us household items, and Lizzette even gave us furniture of her own…and that was awesome! The staff is more like family than it is just staff.”
As Isaiah and Angel have transitioned to kindergarten, Maria noticed their kids were much more prepared than other children. She explained, “They already knew how the day was going to be, they had friends they made at Educare, and they had learned a lot of things while being here.” It is your contribution that make these outcomes a reality!
You can help support more successes like Maria and Josh’s, making dreams come true this year with our #GivingTuesday Give-A-Tuesday program. The average cost for all-day school, and our nutritious food program, is approximately $100 for each student. That means each $100 we raise during #GivingTuesday would represent one Tuesday of a student receiving the best care, education and food available.
Our goal is to raise a full month (30 days) of Tuesdays. The great news is for every dollar received Republic Bank of West Chicago will match dollar for dollar until we reach our goal of $3000. Please give part of a Tuesday, a full Tuesday, or a month of Tuesdays, and be a hero to our children and families!